Professional

Writing

Storytelling is at the heart of writing.

Stories make logical and emotional connections with the reader’s experience. They lead us forward, making us want to learn more. Even such an everyday type of writing as an instruction manual tells a story in that it entices us with the promise of success in the use of our new equipment.

What is your story? I’d love to help you tell it. I will listen to you, digging deep to find out what you want to say, why you want to tell this story. I will ask you who you are talking to and how you want to speak to them. I will consider with you what form of presentation might be best for what you want to achieve. I will help you work out the steps involved in getting there.

I will respect your voice, your opinions, your expression.

What kind of story do you want to tell?

  • I am an expert in a field of science, or in geography or history, and I want to convey some of this to lay readers in a citizen science project. My writing skills, however, are not the best, and I don’t have time – can you help me?’
  • We’re building up our new business and need someone to help us write content for our website and blog posts. It needs to catch people’s attention. Do you do that sort of writing?’
  • There is a family story I would love to tell, but I’m not a writer. I’ve tried and given up. Can you work with me to make this happen?’
  • We did a great community project and interviewed a lot of people. Their stories are so good – we’d love to publish them. Can you help us put together an anthology or tell the story of that project using their voices?’
  • Our organisation has a newsletter, but it never really got off the ground because our people just don’t know how to write about what they do. They don’t know what other people would like to hear. Can you help us – regularly? Can you perhaps coach some of us?’

What does writing cost?

Rates for professional writing vary vastly, depending on the experience of the writer, whether the writer is sourced through an agency and the type of project required. For some projects, writers commonly charge a rate per word; for others it might be a flat rate (e.g. delivering a set number of blog posts per month) or an hourly rate.

Contact The Elegant Owl, giving details of your project. I will reply promptly.